If Lamontagne unseats Ayote, it won't be the first time he'll have successfully taken down a more establishment candidate. In 1996, he defeated then-Rep. Bill Zeliff to win the GOP nomination for governor before losing to Democrat Jeanne Shaheen, who now serves in the Senate. Whoever comes out on top has a very sporting chance at winning the general; polls have shown incumbent Democrat Paul Hodes falling to any one of the four GOP contenders.
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